News: Chortle Awards 2014 - Results

Bridget Christie

Bridget Christie continued her run of collecting awards last night by bagging two Chortle Awards, for Best Show and Best Radio Comedy. Not much to argue about there, though I would have liked to have seen some different winners in some of the other categories (I was one of the judges who had a hand in coming up with the shortlist, but the winners were chosen via a public vote – over 9000 Chortle readers chipped in). No major hissy fits over the winners from me, you are all wonderful, I would just have chosen differently.

As discussed on BTJ before, I think Jonny Pelham has a big future and should have been Best Newcomer, though Sofie Hagen is great. No argument with Sara Pascoe winning Best Breakthrough Act, though any of the nominees would have been worthy winners. As for club comic, Paul Sinha might as well keep the trophy, he seems to win it every year (ed's note - I've been told by Chortle he's actually never won it before - well, he should have!).

Ed Gamble's award for Best Compere was well-deserved, but he's a definite rising star and could maybe have picked up a prize in another category as a stand-up in his own right rather than crowd wrangler. I think I may have caught Austentatious on an off-night, but well done to them for winning Best Character, Improv, Sketch Act. And good to see the homegrown Horne Section triumph over brilliant-but-American Bo Burnham. Nigel Farage would be proud.

Micky Flanagan was a bit of a welcome surprise winning Best Tour – he's not really on Twitter so no accusations of harnessing the power of social media there. Simon Amstell would have got my vote for Best DVD though I'm surprised Russell Brand didn't win it. Good to see Fresh Meat triumphing. The Jack Whitehall backlash will have to wait until 2015. And, of course, serial podcaster Richard Herring won the Internet Award. They may as well call it the Herring Award and save time… 

Best Newcomer

Jonny Pelham

Pierre Novellie

Sofie Hagen - Winner

Tim Renkow

Breakthrough Act

John Kearns

Katherine Ryan

Romesh Ranganathan

Sara Pascoe - Winner

Club Comic

Ed Gamble

Elis James

Felicity Ward

Paul Sinha - Winner

Best Compere

Barry Ferns

Ed Gamble - Winner

Joe Heenan

Ray Peacock

Character, Improv or Sketch Act

Austentatious - Winner

Brian Gittins

John Kearns

Marcel Lucont

Music & Variety Award

Bo Burnham

The Horne Section - Winner

Noise Next Door

Rachel Parris

Best Show

Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her - Winner

John Kearns: Sight Gags For Perverts

Louis CK

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent

Best Tour

Barry Humphries: Dame Edna's Farewell Tour

Bo Burnham: What

Harry Hill: Sausage Time

Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game - Winner

Best DVD

The Alternative Comedy Experience

Bo Burnham: What

Russell Brand: Messiah Complex

Simon Amstell: Live at the BBC - Winner

TV Award

The Alternative Comedy Experience 


Fresh Meat - Winner

Toast of London

Radio Award

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro

Bridget Christie Minds The Gap - Winner

Mark Steel's In Town

Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies 

Internet Award

Alex Horne Breaks The News

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast


Richard Herring's Leicester Square Podcast - Winner


The Industry Award went to Chris Evans, who runs independent comedy label Go Faster Stripe.

Best Venues were: The Stand (Scotland), XS Malarkey (The North), Glee Club (Wales), Glee Club (Midlands), Komedia (The South), Soho Theatre (London) and 99 Club (London).

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